2020 was a big year for the nation, with Defence and defence industry playing an important role in the nation’s post-COVID recovery. In this top five, we will cover the most popular Strike and Air Combat domain stories of the year.
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In this podcast, hosts Phil Tarrant and Steve Kuper discuss the massive year that was for the Royal Australian Air Force, which has seen major progress across the acquisition cycle, including on some of Australia’s largest Defence projects, with the growing fleet of fifth-generation F-35 Joint Strike Fighters and announcements around Australia’s acquisition of an armed remotely piloted aerial system.
2020 has also seen major progress and advancements across the Air Force’s fleet of E-7A Wedgetail airborne early warning command and control aircraft, KC-30A Multi-role Tanker Transport and airlift aircraft fleet.
However, 2020 was a year dominated by a focus on air combat and strike capabilities, with public conversation focusing on the F-35 and America’s decision to cancel the F-22 Raptor in the mid-2010s, as well as concerns about Australia’s long-range strike capability gap becoming increasingly topical talking points.
Enjoy the podcast,
The Defence Connect team
Listen to previous episodes of the Defence Connect podcast:
Episode 426: PODCAST: WA ready, willing and able to support defence industry opportunities – Paul Papalia CSC MLA, Minister for Defence Industry and Veterans Issues
Episode 425: PODCAST: Unpacking the independent analysis into Navy’s surface combatant fleet
Episode 424: PODCAST: Bringing together Defence, industry, and academia to drive innovation – Dr David Kershaw, DSTG
Episode 423: PODCAST: Unpacking the role and responsibilities of Parliament’s oversight committees
Episode 422: SPOTLIGHT: How cyber security is essential for the delivery of AUKUS Pillar I, with CyberCX’s Alastair MacGibbon
Episode 421: SPOTLIGHT: Securing freedom of manoeuvre in the electromagnetic spectrum, with DEWC Services CEO Allan Dundas
Episode 420: SPOTLIGHT: Driving efficiency and security in Australia’s defence industry, with Dassault Systèmes’ Francois Mathieu and Shaun Edsall
Episode 419: SPOTLIGHT: Enhancing the training continuum, with CAE’s Simon Ancona
Episode 418: PODCAST: Shaping the Australian Navy’s future fleet, with Professor Peter Dean, United States Studies Centre - University of Sydney
Episode 417: PODCAST: Balance critical to women succeeding in defence industry – Nathalie Sarlin, Buzzworks, Female Defence Leader of the Year 2023